New photos capture the dramatic rescue of a 7-year-old boy from Honduras who nearly drowned in the river separating the U.S. and Mexico until Border Patrol agents rescued him.
The San Antonio Express-News reported Wednesday on the rescue of four adults and five children who tried to cross the Rio Grande in inflatable children’s pools near Eagle Pass, Texas. The pools capsized. Agents pulled the group out of the water and eventually took them into custody.
The river is especially strong between Eagle Pass, Texas, and Piedras Negras, Mexico. An adult and three children were recently swept away trying to cross the river nearby; all four are presumed dead.
U.S. Border Patrol agent Brady Waikel said: “We’re all humans, we’re all people, but beyond that we all want the same things for our family. Which is a better life — security, safety, we’re all looking for the same things. The problem is, there’s also mixed in with that, the criminal aliens here to do bad things. And part of our job is to determine who’s who, to weed that out.”
This group of migrants, mostly from Honduras, had been lucky. They had ventured onto the water in daylight, and their floats had capsized close to the U.S. side. A Border Patrol boat was idling nearby, in case any of them were pulled farther down the river.
The Border Patrol made 99,000 apprehensions on the southern border just in April. Most were adults and children from Central America expected to seek asylum .